Museums and Galleries Scotland Recovery and Resilience Fund

What does this involve?

The fund is intended to prevent museums from running out of funds before 31 March 2021, but also to support them to develop their resilience by adapting to changed circumstances, supporting their workforce and re-engaging with their communities. It will give independent museums the chance to plan and implement measures that will help them to achieve greater financial sustainability by 31 March 2021.

Museums Galleries Scotland will accept applications from any independent museum in Scotland run by a not-for-profit organisation and which meets the MA definition of a museum: “Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society.” MA definition, 1988

They must also:

  • Operate a physical site/space/building which is normally open to the public for a minimum of 20 days a year
  • Provide access for the public to see and engage with the museum’s collections
  • Be a formally constituted not-for-profit organisation

Organisations that run museums that are not Accredited and that have not previously applied for funds will have to complete an eligibility questionnaire to verify eligibility.

The fund will support:

  • Operating costs up to 31 March 2021
  • Re-start costs
  • Critical repairs and maintenance
  • Business model review and implementation costs
  • Activity to support and develop community wellbeing
  • Other activity to build up sustainability and resilience

These grants are subject to state aid rules and therefore will not exceed the threshold of €800,000 (£732,320 at July 2020).

They expect most awards to be upward of £10,000. Some smaller organisations may find that their needs are not at this level and therefore requests for smaller amounts can be considered.

Am I eligible?

This is for any independent museum in Scotland run by a not-for-profit organisation and which meets the MA definition of a museum.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Important information

You will need to complete an application online. There are also some supporting documents that you will need to send with your application, these can be uploaded to the online application form:

  • an expenditure breakdown – all applicants must complete the template which can be downloaded from the application page
  • a copy of your most recent independently examined or audited accounts
  • a cashflow forecast – all applicants must complete the template which can be downloaded from the application page

The fund closes at 5pm on Friday 30 October.

Next steps

Visit the Museums Galleries Scotland website for more information and to submit your application. 

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